Week commencing 24 September 2018
Wednesday 19 September
U11A Plymouth College Tournament
U11A v Mount Kelly - won 25 – 5
U11A v Truro B - won 30 – 5
U11A v Truro A - won 30 – 0
U11A v Trinity - drew 5 – 5.
"The boys had a near perfect start to their season," said Mr Pidwell.
"The playing surface was perfect and the boys put in 100% effort. They learned a huge amount in their 4 games and were extremely unlucky not to win their last match. The boys scored over 18 tries and really started to gel as a team.
"I was particularly impressed with their “never say die” defence and the grace and sportsmanship they showed when decisions didn’t go their way. This near perfect start was only marred by a key player’s unfortunate injury. The whole team wish him a speedy recovery."
"Well played, the whole team."
Wednesday 26 September
U11A v Exeter Cathedral School - won 50 - 30
Tries: Tom Byrne (4), Alex Vosper (3), Wilfred Venn (2) and Gus Lovell (1)
"This match proved to be a very exciting match with lots of end to end action," said Mr Pidwell.
"Our boys overcame their disappointment at not being able to play “contact” and gave the tag format their all.
Although obviously lacking in many areas, the format did allow the boys to improve their ball handling skills and line speed. All the boys showed great skill and their passing, moving and changing the direction of the attack were very impressive.
"Captain Rory proved to be an inspirational play maker, starting many phases, gaining ground than passing to allow others to us the width and score. Exeter Juniors eventually came out worthy winners against a skilled, fast moving Cathedral side.
"Well done to all the boys."
U10A v Exeter Cathedral School - won 65 – 20
Try scorers – Jacob Hardy (3), Josh Paget (2), Daniel Adams (2), Toby Kenefick (1), William Maynard (1), Harry Hubble (1), Otis Challen (1), Toby Donegan (1) and Alexander Ludman (1)
With the ground remaining too hard to play full contact rugby on, the U10 A team took on Exeter Cathedral School in a game of tag rugby.
"The match was actually very enjoyable to referee and showcased some great handling and running skills from all 12 of the squad members on the day, with tries being spread around nicely," said Mr Wood.
"It was a very worthwhile exercise and showed me one or two areas that could be worked on in future lessons. This bodes well for a competitive season ahead and I look forward to other squad members having a run out soon to display their talents, too.
"Well done, boys, on a convincing win and a good start to the rugby term.”
Wednesday 19 September
U10Av Stockland Primary School - lost 0 - 3
"A tough first match for the boys," said Mr Bland.
"The final score line was not really a true reflection of the match with luck going against us in a couple of goal mouth scrambles. The game was played at a fast pace with the hard ground making controlling the ball difficult.
"There were passages of good play and the overall work rate was excellent; it was just disappointing some chances weren’t taken. Overall the boys can be proud of their efforts, with some good basics skills to develop."
U10B v Stockland Primary School - drew 2 - 2 (Josh Paget 2)
"The B team players certainly enjoyed their first outing of the season," said Mr Ashman.
"We just about edged the first half before going 2 – 1 down midway through the second half. However, the boys were rewarded for their determination and perseverance with a deserved equaliser in the final seconds of the match.
"Standout player was Josh Paget, who not only scored a couple of excellent goals, but he also showed himself to be strong and decisive in possession. However, all the boys worked really hard and can take pride in taking something from the game. Well done, lads!"
Friday 21 September
U11A v Bradley Barton Primary School - lost 0 - 6
"In cricket parlance, this was very much a back foot performance, in contrast to last week’s front foot performance!" said Mr Ashman.
"In all honesty, we were second best throughout and showed little of the guts and resilience from the game against the Third Form. Added to that, we played as a team of individuals, rather than a unit. Credit should go to Wilfred Venn, who came off the bench and certainly gave it a real go!
"As Wycombe Wanderers manager, Gareth Ainsworth once said: 'We only deal in victories and learning opportunities.' Let’s hope the boys view this performance in a similar vein."
U11B v Bradley Barton Primary School - lost 0 - 5
"Similarly to the As, the B team
also began their match on the back foot conceding 2 goals early on," said Mr Buckingham.
"However, it was intriguing to see how this did not get the boys down, as after conceding two goals they began to get into their stride. Standout midfield performances from both George Gillingham and Guy Harrison helped to inspire the team as the Bs pushed on, hitting the woodwork twice in the minutes that followed and drawing good saves from the Bradley Barton goalkeeper.
"Nevertheless, Bradley Barton were by far the more clinical team, managing to break on three different occasions, each time punishing us for defensive positioning errors. This game was significant as all players in the B team demonstrated both a preference for future positions on the pitch, whilst also giving an insight into where best they can play.
"The determined attitude from every player in the B team bodes very well for future matches."
Thursday 27 September
U11A v Leonard's Primary School - lost 1 – 3 (Tom Byrne)
"The boys certainly took heed of a bit of ‘plain speaking’ at the end of Friday’s game and put in a really good shift against a skilful St. Leonard’s team," said Mr Ashman.
"We closed the ball down really well and put in a number of gutsy recovery runs. Whilst we created a few chances, we were a bit lacking in effective ball retention. Having said that. If the boys show the same focus in the training sessions and matches ahead, they will eventually get their just rewards."
U11B v Leonard's Primary School - won 3 – 1 (Thomas Lambert (3))
“An enjoyable game for the many parental spectators saw our ‘B’ team come from a goal behind to win comfortably in the end, with a hat-trick for Thomas Lambert," said Mr Wood.
"For all our possession in the first half, the finishing wasn’t clinical and some lovely moves came to nothing. A constructive discussion of tactics at half time re-invigorated the boys, and they played some great pressing football to dominate their opponents and run out deserved winners.
"Well done to them all!”
Friday 21 September
U11A v Third Form - lost 0 - 9
U11B v Third Form - won 1 - 0
"The whole of the upper year group were selected to play in these games - our first competitive fixture this season," said Miss Wright.
"The girls have been working hard in training on positional play and tactics. This was evident in both games and all girls were able to play equal amounts throughout the games. We played 3 x 15 minutes which meant a lot of rotation could happen.
The A team had some excellent period of play and the score line did not reflect play. The A team often got into the D having created many chances to score, but unfortunately we were unable to convert.
"Some outstanding play came in goal from Rosie Selley (who saved one goal with her stick!) and Rosie Batchelor as right defence who was voted man of the match by the opposing team. Another special mention must go to Megan Roberts who took a stick to the head. Even with a large bruise on her forehead she was still trying to persuade me to put her back on the pitch and was most disappointed when I had to tell her no!
"The B team had a truly brilliant game and the ball was end to end. Once again lots of chances were created in the D and it is brilliant we were able to convert with the goal scorer being Lydia McLeod.
"In addition some other excellent play came from Milly Traylor who really dominated the midfield. One last special mention must go to the B team manager and coach Caitlin Ampleford who ran the bench with efficiency and professionalism. Well done to all involved."
Wednesday 26 September
U11B v Exeter Cathedral School A - lost 0 - 4
"Maria Turnbull Pomares was an exceptionally organised Captain having complied positional play for the first and second half of the match," said Miss Wright.
"A mixed team consisting of some A and B players took on a well rehearsed Exeter Cathedral School. Throughout the game the team became stronger and stronger with 2 of the 4 quarters resulting in a 0-0 draw each time.
"Some excellent running from Lydia McLeod and Esme Hobbs kept Exeter School in the game. Noor Shariff made some excellent passes up the pitch towards the midfield and forward lines.
"Well done to all involved and once again the players and the team have learnt an awful lot from the experience."
U10A v ECS A - lost 1 - 2
"It was the U10’s first outing this season and the team were ready and excited for the challenge," said Miss Wright.
"Daisy Brough had a brilliant game in goal making some excellent saves as well as some strong and low tackles from Evie Jenkins saw Exeter Cathedral School only score to goals throughout the game. Some really good midfield work in the middle of the pitch saw Katie McMurray score an absolute belter and chipped the ball over the goal keepers head to make it 2-1 final score.
"A great first outing and long may it continue."
Thursday 27 September
U9A v Exeter Cathedral School - postponed
U8A v Exeter Cathedral School - postponed